Posted by: Gillian | March 2, 2009

Diploma scammers claim time limits

Academic qualifications do not die.  There is another email doing the rounds:

In case anyone is in any doubt, academic qualifications do not have expiry dates! If you got a degree or diploma from a recognised academic institution twenty (or more) years ago, it is still valid.  An academic degree or diploma simply means you passed an examination (or set of examinations) on a given date and no-one can change that.  There are three main categories of confusion:

  1. Commercial vendor qualifications are different.  Cisco/Microsoft/Avaya/etc will have time limits and these will be made very clear when you join the course.  There\’s not much point in being an out-of-date product expert.
  2. Professional bodies such as accountants and medical practitioners may require evidence of continuing professional development (CPD hours) in order to retain the right to practice – but the basic degree still stands.
  3. If you want to use one degree as a qualification for starting another, you may find that some of the courses/modules do not count despite being in the right area.  This is usually for your own benefit.  If, for example, you learned computing in the era of web message boards and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, you may have some excellent programming skills but a university may need some convincing that you are ready for a Masters in IT networking in 2009.  The university will not, however, ignore your degree.

So, if you see one of the illustrated email headers in your inbox, just bin it.

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